BLDE (Deemed to be University) is one of the reputed universities in Karnataka providing education in various medical courses. Housed in a sprawling campus at Bijapur (now Vijayapura) in Karnataka, it was declared a University under Section 3 of the UGC Act 1956, and approved by the Ministry of Human Resource Development. It has been established under BLDE Association, a renowned educational society, running more than 75 institutions in the state.
The constituent college of the BLDE (Deemed to be University), Shri B M Patil Medical College Hospital & Research Centre, Vijayapura, was established in the year 1986 by BLDE Association (Bijapur Lingayat District Educational Association).
BLDE (Deemed to be University) came into existence on 29/2/2008 with the sole objective of providing quality Medical Education and meeting health care needs of the people in this backward region of North Karnataka. Shri B. M. Patil Medical College, Hospital & Research Centre, the only constituent college of the university, was established in 1986. It has a unitary campus of 45 acres with 24 departments and a teaching hospital with 1125 beds. Shri B. M. Patil Medical College has been offering UG Programme-MBBS (with an intake of 150 students), PG Programmes in 18 disciplines, PG Super Specialty Programme in Urology (M.Ch.), PhD Programme in 12 disciplines and Innovative courses like Fellowship, Diploma and Certificate Courses in Medical and Allied Sciences. Shri B. M. Patil Medical College’s research has received major thrust after being conferred with the Deemed to be University status. This has resulted in enhanced MoUs and Collaborations with reputed Universities and research institutes. A good number of research projects addressing social healthcare problems have been taken up and are yielding information which will be of direct benefit to the people of the region. The University Journal with international academics on Editorial Board is being published by Wolters-Kluwer.
BLDE (Deemed to be University) has a deep concern for healthcare facilities provided to socially disadvantaged sections of the society both in rural and urban areas. It is worth mentioning that the University has established a very well equipped Rural Health Centre in the nearby village, Ukkali. Recently, the Shri B. M. Patil Medical College of BLDE (Deemed to be University) has been assessed by NAAC and accredited with CGPA of 2.90.